Tennis: Erakovic advances in doubles

Marina Erakovic tasted victory once again at the French Open after she advanced to the third round of the doubles overnight.

The New Zealand number one and her playing partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe eased by the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over ninth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic.

Erakovic and Black will next face two Grand Slam singles champions in Italy's Francesca Schiavone and Australian Samantha Stosur for a place in the quarter-finals.

It is the first time in her career that the New Zealander has progressed into the third round of the doubles in Paris, a feat she also first achieved in the singles this year.

Erakovic will be looking to go one better than she did in the singles after she was defeated in the third round by Sloane Stephens on Sunday night.

She was fined for court side coaching in that match, copping the biggest fine handed out at the tournament so far - US$5000 - after receiving a code violation and deducted a point. The chair umpire had warned Erakovic for receiving coaching, which isn't allowed at grand slam tournaments.


- nzherald.co.nz, Newstalk ZB

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